|Would it be possible to get energy from ocean
Has anyone ever tried to do this?
If so, where can I find other information
|Question Date: 2005-03-09|
Ocean waves certainly contain a large amount of
energy, but actually converting this energy into
something our society can use (like electricity)
is pretty challenging. People are actively
researching this type of renewable energy, but so
far it has been experimental and no cities are
powered by ocean wave energy. There is another
similar type of ocean energy and that is tidal
energy. As you know the tide goes up and down two
times per day and in places (like Alaska) where
the tidal difference is very great, they may be
able to use it someday. Find out more about all
this and more at:
can also try searching google for things like:
ocean wave energy.
will help us figure out a good method to capture
this tremendous energy source.
Yes -- people have tried to extract energy from
waves, usually by arrangements of floats and fixed
piers. Tides have also been (are still are) used
to extract energy from the ocean movement. A
recent winner of the international science fair
designed a mechanism to extract mechanical energy
from wave motion.
Wave power would be a great idea for people that
live on the coast. It has been tried, and is
currently an active research project in many
countries,but appears to be particularly popular
in Europe. As you've probably guessed, wave power
is really attractive because it's potentially
clean and renewable. As with any power generating
idea, there are drawbacks though.
The next time
you go to the beach, do you want to see a big
power plant right there? This is the kind of
question that people are trying to address. For
more information about California's stance on
ocean energy,check out
is another page that talks about the first
operating wave power
article also has links to a California company
that has designed a wave power plant.
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